Sprint says its network will be eligible for LTE iPhone

By , Mar 27, 2012

Even though Sprint became an official iPhone partner last fall, Apple snubbed the carrier earlier this month when it launched its new 4G-capable iPad to the masses. The tablet has been a staggering hit, breaking a number of various sales records.

There’s also been some speculation that Sprint will be left out of Apple’s LTE party again this fall — assuming the next iPhone features the tech — due to its lack of LTE coverage. But the Kansas-based operator doesn’t seem to be too concerned…

Dow Jones passes on some interesting comments made by Sprint’s CFO Joe Euteneuer earlier today:

“Nonetheless, Euteneuer said Tuesday at an investor conference that Sprint’s Apple contract is similar to those of rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless, and that the carrier isn’t being held to any 4G LTE coverage requirements. In comparison, the other two carriers have rolled out 4G LTE to large swaths of the country.”

Eligible or not, Sprint is going to have its work cut out for it if an LTE iPhone materializes later this year. With its first LTE markets expected to go live this spring, Sprint’s rollout will be at least a year behind AT&T. And two years behind Verizon.

Even if you ignore the fact that Apple’s recently-released tablet features the technology, there’s still a stack of evidence that suggests we’ll see an LTE iPhone in 2012. Just last week we discovered some 4G clues inside the source code of iOS 5.1.

[MacRumors]

  • Share:
  • Follow:
  • http://twitter.com/rpraveen360 iPraveen 4S

    Eh, it’s obvious….

  • Aric Bolf

    I never liked Sprint because of their poor service.

    • willy aparicio

      Poor Service? They got the best service out of all the 3 Top.
      They are the only company with unlimited data. And they were the first to have 4G (WiMax)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000223936151 Jerry PowerHouse

    sprint should be ashamed of themselves for bragging they had 4G for the longest time and they never truly had 4G and is the reason why they didnt get the new iPad.

    • Anonymous

      Sprint’s 4G was an order of magnitude faster than AT&Ts 3G last year – 1MB/s vs ~100KB/s
      It was definitely “4G”, just not LTE, which they need for the iphone

  • Anonymous

    cool can’t wait for it

  • http://twitter.com/Bu1137 Bu1137

    Unlimited Data – nuff said.